All entries will be appraised by a preliminary reading panel whose members will hold postgraduate qualifications in creative writing and/or have significant publishing experience. On the basis of their reading, the Panel will develop a long-list of entries in each category, for final assessment by the Competition Judges. The Competition Judges will announce a shortlist of finalists in each category, prior to announcing the final prize winners.
Pete Court is Currently co host of the popular Breakfast with KitandPete on 1079Life and is creative writer for the radio station. He is an adjunct lecturer at Tabor College and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at University of Adelaide. A sometime TV and Radio network Satire writer and Creative Director in numerous advertising agencies, he also has publications and award winning short stories and satire internationally.
David Cornish is an illustrator and fantasy writer from Adelaide, South Australia. His first book is Foundling, the first part of the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy. The second book named Lamplighter was released in May 2008. The third in the series is named Factotum and was released in October 2010. He has stated that he plans to continue writing novels set in the Half-Continent and in March 2014, published a book of short stories titled Tales from the Half-Continent (Monster Blood Tattoo 3.5).
Cornish studied illustration at the University of South Australia, where in 1993 he began to compile a series of notebooks: over the next ten years he filled 23 journals with his pictures, definitions, ideas and histories of his world, the “Half-Continent”.
It was not until 2003 that a chance encounter with a children’s publisher gave him an opportunity to develop these ideas further. Learning of his journals, she urged him to write a story from his world. Cornish was sent away with the task of delivering 1,000 words the following week and each week thereafter. Abandoning all other paid work, he rose to the challenge and created the Monster Blood Tattoo Series.
You can follow his blog at http://monsterbloodtattoo.blogspot.com.au
South Australian Author, Meredith Resce, has been writing since 1991, and has had books in the Australian market since 1997. Following the Australian success of her “Heart of Green Valley” series, they were released in the UK and USA. Meredith has a double degree Arts Education, majoring in English and Drama. In recent years, Meredith has been re-working old titles to bring them up to date with current writing styles and reader expectations. She recently released her 17th project, ‘Echoes in the Valley’. Apart from writing, Meredith also takes the opportunity to speak to groups on issues relevant to relationships and emotional and spiritual growth. Meredith has also been co-writer and co-producer in the 2007 feature film production, “Twin Rivers”. With her husband, Nick, Meredith has worked in Christian ministry since 1983. Meredith and Nick have three adult children, one daughter and two sons.